Serving together

Community event to celebrate success of Mount, Newburgh Ministry alliance
March 07, 2017

Mount Saint Mary College teacher candidates Emily Meehan of Warwick, N.Y. (left) and Christina Vakirtzis of Beacon, N.Y. (right) help improve local children’s literacy skills at the Newburgh Ministry. 


Mount Saint Mary College and the Newburgh Ministry will chronicle the success of their longstanding alliance at a community meet and greet on Thursday, March 23 at 6 p.m. at Mount Saint Mary College.

“Working Together: Mount Saint Mary College Service Learning with The Newburgh Ministry” will take place at Mount’s Kaplan Family Mathematics, Science and Technology Center Atrium. The college is located at 330 Powell Avenue, Newburgh, N.Y. The event is free and the public is invited. Wine and cheese will be served.

Learn how faculty and students are engaged in service learning through volunteering their time, energy, and expertise at the Newburgh Ministry, while aiding the underserved in the City of Newburgh. Scheduled speakers include Colin Jarvis, executive director of the Newburgh Ministry, and Dr. David Kennett, President of Mount Saint Mary College.

The Newburgh Ministry is a culturally diverse, grassroots organization located in the City of Newburgh’s east end. It offers dignity and hope to those who enter seeking shelter, resources, solace, and fellowship. In an atmosphere of care, hospitality, and non-violence, the ministry strives to improve living conditions, transform lives, and honor God.

Mount Saint Mary College has participated in Newburgh Ministry projects and services for many years. Through the college’s Campus Ministry, students regularly donate hundreds of food and clothing items per year, as well as volunteering their time.

The Mount’s School of Nursing has assisted Newburgh Ministry’s physician in charge through the aid of nursing students, who enjoy tempering their classwork with the real-life experience. The School of Business has also volunteered their time and students, including helping the underserved complete their taxes in February, March, and April though the Tax Aide program.

The college’s Sigma Tau chapter of Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), the International Honor Society in Education, has recently initiated the literacy program at the Newburgh Ministry. After less than six months, it is already a great success.

The Division of Arts and Letters’ public relations students have worked with the Newburgh Ministry, as have members of Mount Media, the college’s creative agency made up of students. The group created a video for the 30th anniversary of the Newburgh Ministry that aided in the organization’s fundraising efforts.

Dean Goldberg, associate professor of communication arts and film studies, serves as vice president of The Newburgh Ministry Board of Directors. Sr. Margaret Anderson, OP, Mount Saint Mary College Board vice chair; Sr. Patricia Sullivan ‘64, OP, professor emerita of mathematics; and Fr. Francis Amodio, O.Carm., campus chaplain and director of the Mount’s Campus Ministry, are all also currently serving or have served as members of the Newburgh Ministry board.